About Us

The Embudo Valley Library & Community Center was founded in 1992 in a single rented room with 2 volunteer librarians and a handful of donated books. In 2002 we purchased the 1.5 acre property that currently houses the library, a neighboring community center and an orchard and park.  In 2012 we broke ground on a new 3,000 square foot library and moved in to the new building in February 2014.  

We are a full public library, meeting all New Mexico State Library regulations, and we are a local grassroots civic and social service organization. Many volunteers help us run the library and its programs, providing educational, civic and social services to our region. We serve communities from Velarde to Vadito, a series of un-incorporated villages located in Rio Arriba County, and portions of Taos County, New Mexico, a population base of roughly 8,500 people.

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Today the library collection includes over 15,000 circulating books, movies and audio books. We offer strong Southwest and children’s collections. To search our catalog click here or find "Book Catalog" in the main menu.

Public Access Computers

We offer eight public access computers with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel available, as well as high speed internet access. There is WIFI available 24-7 throughout the building and surrounding premises.

Other Services

We offer print, copy, fax and notary services for small fees. We can generally notarize documents for you; you will need a picture ID verifying the name you will sign with.

You may also send or receive faxes at the library. Librarians are happy to administer faxed applications for a Rio Arriba Burn Permit.

Need to register to vote or change you voter information? Pick up a voter registration form at the library.

Do you have a question you cannot find the answer to? Embudo Valley librarians might be able to help. Call the library or stop by for reference help.

Community Center

Use of the community center is available FREE (with a suggested donation) for local non-profit, educational or acequia groups. Call the librarians to schedule your meeting or event. Would you like to use the community center or park & orchard for your private party or fundraising event? Call the library to find out about facilities rental rates.


The Embudo Valley Library runs several programs;

  • after school enrichment program for elementary school students,
  • summer reading program for youth,
  • STEM to READ Early  Literacy Program for pre-K children and their caregivers
  • 3d printing and robotics program
  • low-power local radio station, KLDK 96.5 fm.

A weekly Farmers’ Market takes place in our parking lot during the summer months, and our field and orchard serve as the area’s only public park.

In 2006 we were awarded the John Gaw Meem award for civic service by the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the New Mexico State Senate.  In 2012, we were recognized as one of "America's Star Libraries" by Library Journal.  This recognition was based on statistical analysis of our service data.  In May 2015, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that Embudo Valley Library was a winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  


Do My Tax Dollars Support the Embudo Valley Library & Community Center?

Since the Embudo Valley Library serves un-incorporated areas of Rio Arriba County, we do not receive municipal tax dollars to support library operations. Thanks to the Rio Arriba County Commissioners  we receive a stipend from Rio Arriba County to help offset the cost of ongoing library operations. We are also eligible to receive New Mexico State Aid to public libraries, since we meet or exceed all minimum guidelines for public library service outlined in the NM Administrative Code 4.5.2.

Even so, in most years, this amounts to less than 15% of our operating need from government sources. The rest of our budget must be fundraised each year. We rely on local support and individual donations to make up a significant portion of our budget. Many foundations provide operating and program support to the organization.

Foundation Support

Our long term funding partners include:


The people who helped us build our new library are:

   Over 100 local individuals
   For Our Future Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation
   JE and LE Mabee Foundation
   McCune Charitable Foundation
   USDA Rural Development

We thank all of our supporters for making rural library service possible in the Embudo Valley watershed. If you would like to help support the Embudo Valley Library with a tax deductible donation, please contact the library, or go to the SUPPORT US tab on our website. Thank you!